Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas "Bell" Ornament

I couldn't let the holiday season go by without a kid made ornament being added to our tree! I let ER's current obsession with Cinderella blue take the lead this time. I think seeing this color palette will always remind me of this time. I've actually made this ornament before, with my kindergarten class one year, using traditional red and green Christmas colors. I like this wintry snow themed one even better! It's pretty simple to make but you do have to allow for drying time. First paint your small clay pot white. Then sponge paint with blue. Let dry. "Paint" pot with Mod Podge and using a pinch and sprinkle technique, add glitter. Let dry and then dab on another layer of Mod Podge. This seals the glitter onto the pot and will prevent too much from falling off as time goes on. Dab as opposed to brush to help keep the maximum amount of glitter on your pot. Let dry throughly.
When the pot is dry, you'll want to embellish. We added ER's school picture, outlined in puffy paint, and some foam stickers. I also added rub-ons very carefully, it was hard to get them to stick over the glitter. Afterward, I smeared on a little more Mod Podge over the saying to keep it from lifting off.

Now it is time to make your ornament a "bell". Make a hanger as shown above. Double knot a short distance above your bell. This will help keep it from coming out of the hole at the top of the "bell", aka the clay pot's drainage hole. Push ribbon through up through hole and then knot again at the top to create a hanger. We added another bow, purely for a decorative touch.
Hanging on the tree the lights twinkle against the glitter. A gentle shake will make your Christmas Bell ornament jingle. Don't forget to write the year on the inside of the bell. We made one for our own tree, both Grandparents, and for our very special ornament exchange with Valerie from Frugal Family Fun Blog. She's got an awesome giveaway going on right now, go to Frugal Family Fun Blog to enter to win an iPad and an assortment of children’s books courtesy of Target!

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where the Holiday Leg Warmer's I made are featured today:) and...
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5 Friends Said:

Me N My Thrifty Ideas said...

How simple and adorable!

Joy said...

These are adorable. Love the glitter! Also want to invite you to link up at my Fantabulous Friday party today and let you know I featured your holiday leg warmers!

Jenny said...

That is so cute!

Scrappy Gifts said...

So cute! Love the color and glitter!

Christine:) said...

These are adorable!!!! I just love them- thank you for sharing:) The glitter is so pretty. And ER is so big! I am so used to thinking she is a baby from the picture you sent me for your

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